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Multiple Origins for the Surname Petit


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From the historical and enchanting region of France emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Petit family. Originally, the French people were known only by a single name. The process by which hereditary surnames were adopted in France is extremely interesting. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Often they adopted names that were derived from nicknames. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The name Petit is a nickname type of surname for a person of small stature, having derived from the Old French word "petit," meaning "small" or "little."

Petit Early Origins



The surname Petit was first found in Burgundy (French: Bourgogne), an administrative and historical region of east-central France where this distinguished family held a family seat at Bressey, where Antoine Petit was a knight of arms in the year 1353. They were also seated at Lavaux. They were strongly associated with the region of Champagne on the northern border of Bourgogne in eastern France. The first record in Bourgogne is at the seigneurie of Villiers-Sur-Suize where they held a family seat several centuries before the 15th century. In the 15th century Guyot Petit was Lord of the manor of Chaumont and a Lieutenant in the government of Nogent. This main stem of the family eventually emerged as the Barons Mathault.

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Petit Spelling Variations


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Petit Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Pettit, Petit, Petite, Petites, Pettitt, Petitt, Pessit, Du Pettit, Du Petitt, Du Petit, Le Petitt, Le Pettit and many more.

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Petit Early History


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Petit Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Petit research. Another 193 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1550, 1598, 1674, 1677, 1688, and 1750 are included under the topic Early Petit History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Petit Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Petit Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family at this time was Jean Petit (Jehan Petit, John Parvus) ( c. 1360-1411), a French theologian and professor in the University of Paris, is known for...

Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Petit Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Petit Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Abraham Clement Petit, who landed in Maryland in 1668
  • Mary Petit, who landed in Maryland in 1677
  • Marguerite Petit, who arrived in South Carolina in 1680
  • Rene Petit, who landed in South Carolina in 1680

Petit Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Josue Petit, who landed in Virginia in 1700
  • Noel Petit settled in Connaigre in 1710
  • Henry Petit who settled in Louisiana in 1719
  • Claude Antoine Petit, aged 25, landed in Louisiana in 1719
  • Henry Petit, aged 50, arrived in Louisiana in 1719
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Petit Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Nicholas Petit, who settled in Philadelphia in 1808
  • Berrard Petit, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • Fermin Augusto Petit, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1816
  • Francisco Petit, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1816
  • Louis Florial Petit, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1841
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Petit Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Myrtle Edna Thompson Petit, who arrived in Alabama in 1929

Petit Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Nicolas Petit, who landed in Canada in 1649
  • Nicolas Petit settled in Beauchemir, Quebec from Aunis on the west coast of France near Bordeaux in 1656
  • Pierre Petit, who arrived in Quebec in 1658
  • Gaspard and Alexandre Petit settled in Quebec in 1687 also from Aunis

Petit Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Pierre Petit arrived in Quebec from Guyenne in 1727
  • Louis Petit arrived in Quebec from Saintonge near Bordeaux in 1729
  • Antoine Petit, who arrived in Canada in 1737
  • Pierre Petit arrived in Quebec from Brittany in 1761
  • Mr. Isaac Petit U.E. who settled in Sissiboo [Digby], Dibgy County, Nova Scotia c. 1784 listed on Muster Roll at Gulliver's Hole, St. Mary's Bay and Sissiboo [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Petit Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Jeremiah Petit settled in St. Jacques in 1856

Petit Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Jaques Petit arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cleveland" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CLEVELAND 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Cleveland.htm

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Contemporary Notables of the name Petit (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Petit (post 1700)



  • Gene Petit (d. 2013), American professional wrestler, member of the board of directors for the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame
  • Jean Martin Petit, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Claude Petit, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Charles Frederic Petit, French Olympian who two bronze medals for archery at the 1900 games
  • Alexis Thérèse Petit (1791-1820), French physicist
  • Jean-Pierre Petit (b. 1937), French astrophysicist
  • Pierre Lanith Petit (1832-1909), French photographer
  • Roland Petit (1924-2011), French choreographer and dancer of the Ballet de Paris

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  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CLEVELAND 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Cleveland.htm

Other References

  1. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. de la Porte, A. Tresor Heraldique. Paris: F. Casterman, 1864. Print.
  5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  6. De Ville, Winston. Gulf Coast Colonials, A Compendium of French Families in Early Eighteenth Century Louisiana. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield, 1999. Print.
  7. Vaillancourt, Emile. La Conquete du Canada par les Normands. Biographie de la premiere generation Normande du Canada. Montreal: G. Ducharme, 1930. Print.
  8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  10. Guérard, Albert Léon. France: a Modern History. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1959. Print.
  11. ...

The Petit Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Petit Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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